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We got a flight out of Philli the day before and had a nice hotel at the Simpson Bay , with a decent beach. So no rush or stress at sailing day. Taxi to the cruise terminal was no problem Embarkation easy and fast. Since ... Read More
We got a flight out of Philli the day before and had a nice hotel at the Simpson Bay , with a decent beach. So no rush or stress at sailing day. Taxi to the cruise terminal was no problem Embarkation easy and fast. Since there were only 150 passengers we had more crew than passengers. The cabins are standard size with enough storage space. Bathroom are small but good equipped. Restaurants were not full and the choice of food good. However some dishes were very salty and some dishes did not deserve their name. Crew and officers were polite and customer oriented. Entertainment was just so so Even the crew tried their best. Good was the visit on the bridge , where you always could ask the officer on duty about what’s going on and of course how the weather will be for the next days. The cost for local WiFi is outrageous expensive. For unlimited access they charged $ 650. The drinks are a little expensive , but do not take the beverage option. We did not do excursions at the Azores, but there are enough taxis in Ponta Before Lisbon enjoy the to the Tagus river even its past 11:00 pm When arriving in Lisbon take a cab to the airport and pay not more than € 20. locals pay € 10. For an excursion to Sintra you can take a train , which takes 40 min. Otherwise enjoy Lisbon by foot or by tram. The No 15 tram ( la quince) takes you to Belem and the sights Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We just completed a second transatlantic cruise with the Windstar's ship Windsurf it was a wonderful cruise in so many ways. Of couse embarking is easy and quick with 107 fellow passengers, 89 who were repeat and 18 who were new to ... Read More
We just completed a second transatlantic cruise with the Windstar's ship Windsurf it was a wonderful cruise in so many ways. Of couse embarking is easy and quick with 107 fellow passengers, 89 who were repeat and 18 who were new to the cruise line. Many of the passengers have made multiple crossing and often meet each other either every or every other year. So, for many people it is a reunion. For a ship that can carry 312 people, having only 107 it was like having your own private yacht. For a crossing it takes a special passenger. You have to be happy making your own fun and activities and you have enjoy quiet and solitude. While there are few formal activities there is: reading, ocean and star gazing, a group of women did needle point and made jewelry, one lady painted, the ship does organize games such as trivia and ship golf, a group of people enjoyed putting together complicated puzzles, the ship publishes daily word and number games, there is musical entertainment in the evening and the ship had an evening movie and popcorn! This trip there was a popular tap dancing class initiated by a fellow passenger. As you can see much of activities are self driven and low key. The pool at the beginning of the trip was widely used and the hot tubs were always in use. One of my happy anticipations was the daily noon announcement by the Captain of our position, weather report, nautical miles to land, ocean depth and distance to the horizon. The bridge was happily open 24/7 for curious people like myself. While on this transatlantic we saw a whale, a shark, dolphins, 2 other ships and had a beautiful sail by the Azores. Despite the few number of passengers there was an outside eating restaurant In which the meat was extraordinary, the main restaurant and the bistro along with the Veranda restaurant for lunch and dinner. The food was consistently excellent and varied throughout the journey. The outside barbecue was truly under the stars. The Yacht Club, with the best sandwiches one could wish for, was always open. The cabins are spacious and comfortable, great in-cabin entertainment either a selection of 100s of DVDs or the 3 daily movie offerings.Windstar cruises are known for the superb service and this continued only the staff had more time to converse so we were able to spend more time in conversation with these wonderful people. A crossing is truly an amazing way to relax and Windstar has fined tuned it to the perfect vacation. I would rather take14 days sailing across the ocean than 7hours in a plane any day. Docking in Lisbon is a great experience because before you dock you go under a bridge that spans the harbor for that great optical illusion of the sails almost touching the bridge. The ship has to go under at low tide, this time it was 3:30 am and there were at least 40 people on deck watching this event. A fine way to say good by after 14 days of bliss. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
I've read a few reviews of voyages with Star Clippers on Cruise Critic and I thought it was time to try to sum up why this quirky cruise line really works. It's not for everybody, that's certain but the question is, "Is ... Read More
I've read a few reviews of voyages with Star Clippers on Cruise Critic and I thought it was time to try to sum up why this quirky cruise line really works. It's not for everybody, that's certain but the question is, "Is it right for you?"My wife and I are repeat travellers with Star Clippers now. We've been on all three ships, once on a coast hopping trip up the Yucatan (sadly no longer one of their voyages) and three times transatlantic. Yes, I know what you're thinking; "What do you find to DO on a ship that small for seventeen days with only a single one day port stop?"Well, here's what we did......* Looked out at an empty sea and had the delight of knowing we were the only people from way over there to way over there.* Watched flying fish and tried to guess how far they'd go before they dropped back into the water.* Looked up into a starry sky and saw the Milky Way sweep across the heavens.* Sunbathed, dodging the stripes from shadows of the masts and the rigging.* Slid across the deck on sunbeds when the ship rolled.* Woke up to the quiet of bowling along with only the sails driving us.* Celebrated 41 years of marriage in the best place on Earth - miles from anywhere!* Got used to walking like a pirate on the ship to cope with the heel, this ship sails properly as often as it can.* Got used to walking like a pirate on dry land when we got to the Azores after 12 days at sea.* Watched the back of a fin whale slide endlessly by as it dipped beneath the water.* Ran to the deck rail like children everytime we heard the cry of, "Dolphins!"* Talked with people we would never have met or never have got around to talking with in any other place.* Shared some small sense of what it must have been like for those that sailed vessels like this in days gone by.* Felt how small a ship is in a sea that goes on for days and days.* Delighted in seeing a swallow appear on board with no land in sight.* Worried when a hawk turned up a day later. No albatross though.* Shared our catalogue of bruises with others that hadn't quite got the sea legs required for the rougher parts of the voyage. * Drank in a bar, ate in a restaurant and slept in a cabin where the crew were universally friendly, helpful and happy to please.* Learned about sailing a tall ship from the people that do it.* Covered 3100 miles and still wanted more. * Stood on the bridge as two fellow passengers renewed their wedding vows under blues skies in the middle of the ocean. * Learned about the life beneath us from one of the most enthusiastic advocates of marine conservation imaginable, and learned some Spanish too.* Sat on a deck with no one else but us under the sky - or so it seemed.* Stepped gingerly over wet decks in a vain attempt to make photographs of rough seas that look like it felt.* Shared the whole thing with people who loved the open sea too.* Laughed on Talent Night as the crew and passengers satirised the voyage in one of the most hilarious sketches we've ever seen. * Watched the red leading lights line up to guide us in as we entered the mouth of the Tagus.* Took bets on whether the mast would really go under Lisbon's 25th April bridge. (Mast height 69 metres, bridge clearance 70 metres at high water. Things that make you go, "Hmmm!") AND ALL THAT IS WITHOUT.....* Ever managing to get to every meal from "Early Bird Breakfast" to "Midnight Snack".* Exercising to burn off the fat from too many meals every day.* Joining the deck golf tournament with its whole new series of hazards; not much sand but the water is REALLY something to avoid.* Climbing the mast to get a unique view of the ocean (and the ship), 'cos I'm a wimp and she broke a toe just before we left. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011

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